Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Canada
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Diocese of Victoria
Dioecesis Victoriensis in Insula Vancouver
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, BC, Canada
|Ecclesiastical province||Archdiocese of Vancouver|
|Metropolitan||1-4044 Nelthorpe St.|
|Area||95,275 km2 (36,786 sq mi)|
|Established||July 24, 1846|
|Cathedral||St Andrew's Cathedral|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||J. Michael Miller|
Archbishop of Vancouver
The Diocese of Victoria (Latin: Dioecesis Victoriensis in Insula Vancouver) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Headquartered in Victoria, the diocese encompasses all of Vancouver Island and several nearby British Columbia islands. A suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the diocese's cathedral is St. Andrew's Cathedral and its present diocesan bishop is Gary Gordon.
- 1 Diocesan Demographics
- 2 History
- 3 Bishops
- 4 Churches
- 5 Education
- 6 Religious institutes
- 7 Charities
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 Bibliography
- 11 External links
In 2004 the diocese had 94,465 Catholics, 22 diocesan Priests, 15 religious Priests, 1 Deacon. The diocese is also helped by 19 Brothers, and 91 Sisters servicing 30 parishes.
The diocese was created on 24 July 1846 as the Diocese of Vancouver Island, one of three dioceses in the Pacific Northwest created out of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Oregon Territory. It was elevated to an archdiocese on 19 June 1903 and renamed Archdiocese of Victoria in 1904. It was then lowered to a diocese in 1908, when the metropolitan see was moved to Vancouver.
|Year||territory lost to form:|
|1863||Vicariate Apostolic of British Columbia|
|1894||Diocese of New Westminster|
Prefecture Apostolic of Alaska
On June 19, 1903, the diocese became an Archdiocese of Victoria. It was returned to the status of a diocese on October 1, 1908, and became a suffragan diocese to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The following are the lists of Bishops and their years of service:
- Modeste Demers (1846–1871)
- Charles-Jean Seghers (1873–1878), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Oregon City, Oregon, USA; returned here in 1884
- Jean-Baptiste Brondel (1879–1883)
- Charles-Jean Seghers (1884–1886); personal title of Archbishop
- Jean-Nicolas Lemmens (1888–1897)
- Alexander Christie (1898–1899), appointed Archbishop of Oregon City, Oregon, USA
- Bertram Orth (1900–1908)
- Alexander MacDonald (1908–1923)
- Thomas O'Donnell (1923–1929), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Gerald C. Murray, C.SS.R. (1930–1934), appointed Bishop of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- John Hugh MacDonald (1934–1936), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta
- John Christopher Cody (1936–1946), appointed Coadjutor Bishop of London, Ontario
- James Michael Hill (1946–1962)
- Remi Joseph De Roo (1962–1999) – Bishop Emeritus
- Raymond Roussin, S.M. (1999–2004), appointed Archbishop of Vancouver, British Columbia
- Richard Gagnon (2004–2014), appointedArchbishop of Winnipeg
- Gary Gordon (2014–present)
- Louis Aloysius Lootens (1876-1898)
Salt Spring Island
Catholic high schools
|St. Andrew's Regional High School||Victoria||http://www.standrewshigh.ca/||~475 (co-ed)|
- St. Ann's Academy (Victoria, British Columbia), was open 1858 and closed in 1974.
- Smith Memorial High School, of Port Alberni, was opened 1951 and closed in 1976.
Catholic elementary schools
|Queen of Angels||Duncan||http://www.queenofangels.ca/|
|John Paul II||Port Alberni||1951||http://www.jp2nd.ca/|
- St. Ann's Academy for Boys, of Duncan, was erected in 1864 and closed in 1969.
- St. Mary's School, of Ladysmith, was established 1909 and closed in 1913.
Catholic Universities, Colleges and Seminaries
- St. Joseph's School for Nursing, of Victoria, was erected in 1900 and closed in 1981.
- St. John Fisher / Thomas More College 1953 and closed in 1993.
Religious institutes of women
- Lourdes Hospital, of Campbell River, was erected in 1926 and closed in 1957.
- St. Joseph's Hospital, of Victoria, was erected in 1876 and closed in 1972.
- The diocese produces the Diocesan Messenger which is a Catholic newspaper for its community.
- "St Andrew's Cathedral". www.standrewscathedral.com.
- "Holy Cross Catholic Parish". www.holycrossvictoria.org.
- "Our Lady of the Rosary - A Family Friendly Church".
- "Home". www.qop.ca.
- "Home". www.spparish.com.
- "Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Victoria, BC". www.sacredheartvictoria.com.
- "Catholic Church - St. Joseph The Worker Parish, Victoria, BC". stjosephtheworkerparish.com.
- "St. Patrick's Parish > Home". www.stpats-vic.ca.
- "St Rose of Lima, Sooke". www.strose.shawbiz.ca.
- "Christ The King Parish Serving Parishioners of the Comox Valley". www.ctkparish.ca.
- "Home". www.stedwardsduncan.com.
- "Home". www.stpetersnanaimo.ca.
- "Ascension Parish Parksville". www.ascensionparish.org.
- "Timbos Blog für Studenten". ukeeparish.blogspot.com.
- Sisters of St. Ann's scrapbook
- St. Ann's establishments
- "Diocese of Victoria". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
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